Veterinarian Michael Watts emphasizes the importance of pet oral health as National Pet Dental Health Month begins. Signs of dental disease may be apparent to owners who observe their pets' teeth and gums, but a veterinarian should conduct a more thorough exam. Regular dental cleanings under general anesthesia will help safeguard a pet's overall health, Watts notes, explaining that just as dental disease in humans has been linked to poor overall health and chronic disease, dental disease in pets can lead to systemic issues such as kidney trouble and other medical problems.

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